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Arts group for kids opens window to world of jazz

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Like most great things, the Arts Education for Children Group, or AECG, was born out of need and desire. Back in 1996, opportunities for quality arts education at Maui schools were limited; that was a concern Bryant Neal and Aimee Kimura shared with many other parents.

Paddleboarders can enjoy glorious 1-night stand

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Chad Kikuta couldn't take his eyes off the picture. While surfing the Internet about a year ago, he came across a photo of people stand-up paddling (SUP) at sunset on boards equipped with lights that illuminated the water below and around them.

Foodies get to know Kauai, a bite at a time

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Michelle Lemay has eaten horse sashimi in Japan, crickets in Laos, crocodile and kangaroo in Australia and "de cabeza" (beef brains) in Mexico.

Global festival celebrates isles’ rich piano culture

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Soccer was forbidden. Ballet was a no-no. When she was growing up, Lisa Nakamichi wasn’t able to participate in many of the extracurricular activities that usually fill kids’ spare time.

Tours illuminate Kauai lighthouse's beauty, past

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Old and worn — like a fisherman who's spent too many days in the wind and sun." That was Louise Barnfield's impression of the lighthouse at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge when she saw it on her first visit to Kauai in January 2008.

Kona tour showcases kamaaina homes, lifestyles

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Lisa Christian likens the search for residences for her Culinary Home Tour to "being on an Easter egg hunt. I'm always on the lookout for unique homes, and it's exciting to make a new discovery. I never know when and where I'll find another wonderful property and homeowner."

Now on Big Isle, festival supplies songwriting tools

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
For Charles Brotman, inspiration for songs has come from many sources: novels, a mango tree in his front yard, even eavesdropping on conversations at airports.

Hawaii's Backyard: Chinatown

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Carter Churchfield rates her WWII Red Light District Tour "R" for its eyebrow-raising content and occasional raw language, so be warned: It is not the best choice for young children, and it might offend adults with delicate sensibilities.

Arts festival planner wants people to just 'Imagine'

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
At this year's 23rd annual Celebration of the Arts, Clifford Naeole will be asking attendees to "I na … Imagine."

Ranching heritage rides on at Friendly Isle rodeo

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Rex Kamakana loves the adrenaline rush of rodeo. His pani­olo (cowboy) roots go back more than a century; his great-grandfathers James Tooaha and William Kama­kana were two of the first 10 cowboys hired by Molokai Ranch in 1908.

Kite festival beckons high-flying Maui 'pilot'

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Robert Loera is crazy about kites. The owner of three Maui Toy Works stores is a kite master who has won national championships and attended kite festivals across the globe, including in China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and New Zealand.

Family-friendly festivity inculcates creativity

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Ben Moffat's dream 20 years ago was at once strange and delightful. "I saw a village where art was everywhere, even in surprising places like a cafeteria," said the retired Windward Community College professor of theater.

Food tours satisfy appetites of the adventurous

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Ryan Conching jokes that Aloha Food Tours got its start because of his lack of skills in the kitchen. "I'm not a great cook; that's why you won't find me by the stove very often," he said.

Maui museum pays tribute to Makawao's history

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Although the Makawao History Museum measures just 353 square feet — the size of an average living room — it covers several decades of Upcountry Maui history.

Dance event honors Tahitian culture

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Teriimana Moo grew up dancing to Tahitian music along with the hits of Madonna and Michael Jackson. His dad, who was born in Tahiti, brought his love for music and dance when he immigrated to Hawaii with his parents in 1962.

Beach challenge celebrates Hawaiian culture

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Outrigger canoe races; stand-up paddling competitions; Hawaiian games, music and dance — the Duke Kaha­na­moku Beach Challenge is a celebration its namesake would have loved.

Fashionably lathed

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
In the gifted hands of John Mydock, blocks of rigid wood are transformed into art that curves, bends and even seems to shine like glass. The renowned Hawaii island artist uses the painstaking processes of pyrography and pearlizing to embellish his vessels.

Culinary adventure connects diners to farmers

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Colin Hazama remembers making faces when he was handed the children's menu at restaurants; even as a young boy, he had a sophisticated palate. "I wanted to order things off the adult menu that most kids my age wouldn't eat," he said.

Maui Chinese New Year Festival honors traditions

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
As a young boy, Marvin Shim remembers helping his parents ready their house for Chinese New Year. Cleaning went on for a week. Every room was thoroughly vacuumed; every item was polished, wiped or scrubbed.

Celebration of whales makes splash on Valley Isle

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Pacific Whale Foundation researchers had been out on the water since early morning that memorable winter day in 2006 and were about to head back to the harbor when five younger humpbacks appeared.

Kauai company zooms in on picture-perfect tours

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Clear, sunny, windless — conditions were perfect at Hana­lei Bay that day in 1999 when Vincent Tylor took what he calls "one of my first ‘wow' pictures." He snapped several shots of a hammock strung between two palms on the shore.

Lecture series focuses on preserving cemeteries

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Stones speak to Nanette Napoleon. A tombstone, she points out, can be a revealing snapshot of the deceased's life, sometimes providing information that's not documented elsewhere.

Porch program in Volcano offers art with aloha

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
The porch of the Volcano Art Center in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is the kind of comfortable, homey place that would be great for a gathering with friends and family to relax and "talk story."

Makahiki set for Saturday on Garden Isle

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Julie Kanealii didn't know much about makahiki until 1991 when she saw a video of a Molokai event that revived that Hawaiian observance. "Everyone was having fun playing the ancient games of the ancestors, and it was obvious the community spirit was strong."

Lanai offers new tourist options, rich with history

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Big changes are coming to little Lanai. Yes, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay is likely to close midyear to finish renovations. And, yes, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele won't be taking bookings most of this year because it will be housing construction workers.

Oahu’s only dairy farm keeps production natural

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Nine-hundred-pound Pickles is as cute and friendly as a puppy. The 5-year-old Jersey cow is the mascot of Naked Cow Dairy Farm & Creamery, the only dairy on Oahu and one of just three in Hawaii (the other two are on Hawaii island).

Molokai salt producer revives Hawaiian tradition

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Taking a break on an escort boat during a canoe race in 1999, paddler Nancy Gove noticed crystals of sea salt sparkling on her arm. "I remember tasting them and thinking, ‘Mmmmm, that's really good,'" she recalled.

The heart of Mauna Kea

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Approximately 1,600 treasures from India, Asia, Southeast Asia and the islands of the Pacific adorn the lobby, corridors and courtyards of Hawaii island's Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the grande dame of Hawaii resorts.

Event offers glimpse into Oahu artists' lives

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
In 2011, the first year of Maui Open Studios, Carolyn Quan, the event's founder and producer, watched as some 700 people lined up, waiting to enter Maui Tropical Plantation for the opening celebration and preview exhibition.

Molokai's Christmas bash embraces everyone

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
At Molokai's Parade of Lights, Christmas exuberance is expressed in delightfully unexpected ways. One year, a float featured a whole pig cooking on a rotisserie. Another year, spectators oohed and aahed at the menagerie on an entry.

Honey festival puts sweet spotlight on local bees

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
When most people travel, they buy mugs, postcards and T-shirts for souvenirs. Lauren Rusert comes home with honey. More than 40 jars and bottles of the sweetener are lined up on a shelf in her kitchen.

Tours de force

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
The earliest memory Betsy Forrest Robb has of being in an art museum is lying on her stomach, painting during a class in the Impressionist gallery of the John Herron Art Institute (now the Indianapolis Museum of Art).

Maui artisans abound at inaugural county festival

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
The 100-square-foot lanai of Ruby Makuch's home in Kihei, Maui, doubles as the factory for exfolicare, the soap-making company that she founded six years ago. "You need to be in a well-ventilated area when you're working with lye," she said.

Princeville Ranch tours explore off-road thrills

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
"The adventure begins where the asphalt ends" is how Princeville Ranch Adventures (PRA) promotes its two new off-road tours. Karin Carswell Guest, who owns the company with her husband, Jeff, found that was indeed the case in February.

Big Isle nursery opens its doors to orchid lovers

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
The tale of the $20,000 orchid begins in Thailand. On a visit there in 1984 to find new species for his family's nursery on Hawaii island, Mori­yasu Aka­tsuka purchased plants that had been harvested from the wild. It took three years for him to nurse them to optimal health.

Master storytellers spin intriguing tales

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
In a sense, Jeff Gere has been a storyteller most of his life. Encouraged by his mother, who was a high school drama teacher, he performed in numerous school musicals and skits at community events when he was growing up as a "beach kid" in Southern California.

Museum covers Schofield from 1909 through today

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
In the heart of Schofield Barracks' Historic District, the museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits artifacts, photographs and documents that chronicle the history of Schofield Barracks.

Oceanfront 'one-stop shop' for outdoor antics

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Turtle Bay Resort is a "one-stop shop" for outdoor activities. The 840-acre oceanfront retreat is the centerpiece of a setting so spectacular it's been featured in more than 150 movies and TV shows.

Take a walk in the country at multifaceted farm

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
For 20 years, Una Greenaway was a weekend farmer who looked forward to being outdoors at Kuaiwi Farm, her property in Captain Cook on Hawaii island, when she wasn't working a full-time job as an accountant for two nonprofit organizations.

Sightseeing bike tour engages all of the senses

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
The wealthy winemaker from Chile strolled into Pedal Bike Tours Hawaii's Waikiki shop with his wife and two teenage daughters and booked a Hidden Honolulu tour for the following day.

Chocolate-making proves hard, but sweet, work

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Koa Kahili describes himself as a "chocolate sommelier." Ironically, the owner and founder of Garden Island Chocolate wasn't a fan of chocolate when he was growing up.

Beauty is everywhere at picturesque B&B

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Some come for the incredible views. Others love the peace and privacy. Still others praise the breakfasts, always prepared from scratch with ingredients growing just steps from the kitchen. Holualoa Inn is among Hawaii's most memorable escapes.

Tiny planes make a big impression

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
The F-20 Tigershark fighter soars across a cloudless blue sky at full throttle, makes a hard left turn and descends for a smooth low pass 5 yards from where Duke Chung is standing. "Looks pretty good," says the 48-year-old pilot.

Elegance is everywhere on dinner cruise

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Many fine-dining restaurants in Hawaii offer spectacular views. The Star of Hono­lulu's Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz Cruise is a fine-dining experience that puts guests in a spectacular view.

Big Isle operation shares buzz on bees and honey

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
When something piques Laryssa Kwoczak's interest, she makes a beeline for it. So it was in the fall of 2010 when she attended a festival for an urban farm in Philadelphia that had hives on the roof of a garage.

Otsuji Farm provides a taste of healthful living

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
"How do you like my office?" Edwin Otsuji asks as visitors admire a panorama that stretches from Diamond Head to Maunalua Bay. "Beautiful, yeah? That's why vegetables grow so well here; they love the view."

Steel guitarist, 77, adds to family's musical legacy

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
In 1990, when his four children were on their own and he retired from a 35-year career as a submarine safety coordinator at Pearl Harbor, Jimmy Wong began checking things off his bucket list.

Relax away from TVs and phones at the Mauian

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Psssst … wanna know a secret? The Mauian is one of the best options for a laid-back, low-key Hawaii getaway. Although the 44-room hotel was one of the first to be built on the shores of Napili Bay, it has remained pretty much under the radar.

From boat to buyer, see how fish auction works

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Six days a week Guy Tama­shiro, vice president of Tama­shiro Market, rises at 4:30 a.m. to make it to Pier 38 in time for the start of the Hono­lulu Fish Auction. Tama­shiro has been the head fish buyer for his family's business for 40 years, and he knows the routine well.

Tour uncovers top Maui sites to gas up, grind

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
There was a time when people went to gas stations to, well, buy gas. These days, their car's tank might be full, but they're pulling up near the pumps anyway to pick up everything from glue to games to great local food at on-site convenience stores.

Natural soaps nourish entrepreneurs' lives

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
On a visit to Hawaii island in early 2002, Greg Colden and his partner, Marty Corrigan, went on a six-hour snorkeling excursion. It was a cloudy day, and, not knowing he would be exposed to ultraviolet rays even though he wasn't in direct sunlight, Colden didn't apply sunscreen or wear a rash guard or T-shirt.

Top rappeller sends climbers' spirits soaring

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Dave Black helps visitors walk down waterfalls — backward, no less! The avid outdoorsman has nearly 50 years of climbing and rappelling experience and has literally written the book on them.

Tour highlights Kauai county building's rich history

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Few people talk about their workplace with as much pride and passion as Kauai County Council Chairman Jay Furfaro. The Historic County Building houses the offices of the seven-member Kauai County Council, the county clerk and the Kauai Historical Society.

Ocean festival furthers group's educational aim

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Anyone who was born and raised in Hawaii might find it hard to imagine that Dotty Kelly-Paddock didn't see an ocean until she was 19 years old. "I grew up in Indiana, where there was lots of corn but no ocean," said the longtime Hau­ula resident.

Dining tours on Maui combine food, facts and fun

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
So seriously does Gigi Gaea take her career as a "GastroPreneur," she printed that title on her business card. "I coined the word when I started Hawaii Tasting Tours," Gaea said.

Sanctuary encourages love, awareness of forests

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Horticulturist Norman Bezona might have written those words, so grateful is he for the joy and serenity that fills his soul whenever he spends time among plants, flowers and trees.

Kids' museum lets little ones explore the world

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Loretta Yajima remembers a time two decades ago when people thought she was crazy. Turn the old Hono­lulu incinerator into a children's museum? Ridiculous! It couldn't be done.

Festival draws on past to empower Hawaiians' future

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
EVERY so often, in the midst of his busy workday, Clifford Nae­ole receives a "call from my gut" that directs him to a place of peace and tranquility: the Hono­ka­hua Preservation Site on the grounds of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapa­lua.

Photography expert helps folks take their best shot

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
With that brief introduction, Michael Gilbert sums up his Outdoor Photography: Light, Composition & Gesture class: The key to photography is not mastering sophisticated equipment; it's being aware of your surroundings and responding to them.

Educational escapes take visitors off beaten path

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Karen Lockwood met her husband, Andrew, in 1995, when they were students at Amherst College in Massachusetts. He was from Hawaii; she was from California. Both were new to New England and wanted to explore it together.

Sharing is caring at revered Hawaiian bookstore

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Maile Meyer grew up during the 1960s and 1970s — a time, as she puts it, when "a good Hawaiian was someone who wanted to be American. It was very difficult to find opportunities to study Hawaiian culture and history in school. Kupuna (elders) had the knowledge [...]"

Gathering touts cultural, environmental awareness

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Green is not only Holly Algood's favorite color, it's her way of life. She and her business and life partner, Eila Algood, live off the grid in rural Hawi on Hawaii island, creating their own energy with wind and solar.

Volcano house boasts unmatched beauty

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
It doesn't have an ocean view, there's not a palm tree in sight and instead of swimsuits, guests are likely to be dressed in sweaters. Still, Volcano House, just a quarter-mile past the entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, is one of the most talked-about hotels in Hawaii.

Grove Farm's games day celebrates antique, unplugged fun

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
When staffers at the restored 19th-century sugar plantation were brainstorming ideas for a benefit, they recalled the good times they always had at carnivals. They thought the museum's expansive front lawn would be the perfect setting for an old-fashioned fair.

Hikers learn to love and conserve the land

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Ted Clement's first job after graduating from college in 1991 was working as an environmental educator for the Outward Bound School in Maine. A longtime outdoor enthusiast with a Bachelor of Science degree, he led high school and college students on expeditions ranging from about three weeks to three months.

Sakuma's love for ukulele, teaching shines bright

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
The note Roy Sakuma received in December was the most touching he had received in his 40-plus years as a champion of the ukulele: "Aloha, my name is Kailani," the emailed message began.

Leisure and luxury delight guests at Hana resort

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
At Travaasa Hana guests can have their cake and eat it, too. On one hand, the rural hamlet of Hana provides the perfect setting for a low-key, laid-back escape. On the other, they can enjoy all the amenities of a luxury resort, from fine dining to a full-service spa.

Details delight on Kilauea tour

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Even with a magnifying glass, the visitors could barely spot the unusual spider — just a quarter of an inch long — that was resting on a kawau (native holly) leaf in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Close encounters

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Memorable stories are shared every year at Whale Tales. The eighth annual event will feature presentations by world-renowned whale experts who will provide commentary and mingle with guests on two-hour cruises along the coast of West Maui.

Music series begins with exploration of chants

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Growing up in then-sleepy Kona in the '60 and early '70s, Marcia Timboy was immersed in the best of Hawaiian music. Timboy is the coordinator for HMH's second annual Ke Ala o ka Hua Mele, which explores the evolution of Hawaiian music, from pre-contact Hawaii to today.

Sweet learning experience

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Nat Bletter and Dave Elliott are savoring the sweet success of Madre Chocolate. In just three years they've made their company one of Hawaii's go-to sources for all things chocolate.

Annual gathering explores 'deeper side of hula'

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
As a student of kumu hula Keala Ching, Julie Lyle has learned Hawaiian history, values and practical skills such as making implements, costumes and adornments from bamboo, ti leaves, bottle gourds and other natural materials.

Discover Kualoa showcases slice of ancient Hawaii

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Lincoln Jacobe believes discovering new things is the spice of life. "It makes life fun, interesting and exciting," said the chief executive officer of Hawaii Pacific Entertainment, a Hono­lulu-based media, communications and entertainment company.

Museum's historic relics illuminate plantation era

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
When visitors enter the Hawaii Plantation Museum, they see a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling hodgepodge of things, which, at first glance, looks like the staging area for a giant garage sale. Wayne Subica sees treasures.

Libraries host tribute to isles' beloved queen

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
"THE QUEEN inspires me daily. To me, she is a model of grace, forgiveness, compassion and loyalty to her people — not just Hawaiians but everyone in her kingdom who respected the values and traditions of the Hawaiians. I am a royalist; I hold dual citizenship in my heart."

Place of solace

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
As legend goes, a submerged cave along Molokai's northwest coast was the source of a stony sponge valued for its medicinal properties.

Art center invites all ages to express themselves

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Over the past 35 years, Colleen Edwards has taken numerous classes in her quest to bring out what she calls her "inner artist.

Relaxation is paramount at lodge amid rain forest

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
In the Hawaiian forest, birds converse in soft, sweet sonnets. Fronds bend and sway in response to the whispers of the wind. The sound of gently falling rain soothes the soul like a lullaby. Here, amid the peace and verdant finery of nature, Volcano Village Lodge lures guests away from the hubbub of everyday life.

Mokuleia polo ponies double as equine tour guides

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
When Abby Stankiewicz turned 10, she received riding lessons at a small equestrian center in her hometown of Cincinnati. "The first time I got on a horse, I was hooked," said the 24-year-old Wahiawa resident, who has trained with Olympic equestrians.

World of whales surfaces at sanctuary site

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
That morning off Maalaea Harbor in January 2007 was definitely not the best time to be on the ocean.

Artistic creativity abounds at old Hawaii isle mill

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Chisels on linoleum, hands on potter's wheels, paintbrushes on canvases — stop by the Donkey Mill Art Center on any given day and you'll see creativity percolating along with an ever-present pot of Kona coffee.

Appetites whetted for a big feast in South Maui

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
While he was on abusiness trip to Newport Beach in late 2008, Bill Countryman, general manager of the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, heard about a promotion that the city's restaurant association was sponsoring to showcase its wide range of dining options.

Versatile lilikoi in the spotlight at inaugural festival

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Sandi Alstrand's introduction to lilikoi was love at first bite. Before she and her husband moved to Hawaii island from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002, they vacationed there for two weeks to confirm they wanted to make that big of a lifestyle change.

Feel the spirit during village's haunted tours

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Before he took the helm as executive director of Hawaii's Plantation Village eight years ago, Jeff Higa had not had any supernatural experiences, nor did he believe in them.

Lomilomi practitioners seek to share healing knowledge

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Although Haunani Hopkins was trained as a database analyst, she was meant to touch lives in her life's work rather than a computer keyboard.

Farmers find fulfillment in natural tea production

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Sun, soil, rain and beneficial insects — nature is Taka Ino's primary partner in what he calls "the joy of growing tea.

Labor of love culminates in sanctuary's renewal

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
In 1990, when Lynn Muramoto and her husband first came to the 32-acre site in Lawai Valley that is now the Lawai International Center, it was so overgrown, they had to use chain saws to cut a path so they could drive in. It took more clearing of thick jungle for them to catch a glimpse of the 88 shrines lining a winding path on the hill above them.

Powwow brings Native American culture to isles

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Last year, as Kani Blackwell was thanking students and teachers for attending the School Outreach Program that the Kauai Powwow Council pre­sents annually at Lydgate Beach Park, she felt a tug at her sleeve.

Festival places focus on forests

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
In ancient times, dryland forests blanketed the leeward sides of all the Hawaiian Islands, from mountain slopes to the coasts. The forests were home to hundreds of species of native birds, insects, trees, shrubs, ferns and herbaceous plants — many of which couldn't be found anywhere else in the world.

Festival invites 'the best' to showcase hula excellence

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
For me, hula has always been … " There's no need for Hokulani Holt to say anything else. Those few simple but powerful words clearly communicate the important role the Hawaiian dance has played in her life.

Haleakala's wonders inspire 'light bulb' moments

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Jeff Bagshaw's first visit to Haleakala National Park was a "light bulb experience." On that 1988 hiking and camping trip with his college group from Washington state, he saw more endangered wildlife in three days than he had in months on the mainland.

Hilo Grown Ag Tour takes in nursery, farm and market

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
As a child, Troy Keolanui spent many summers with his maternal grandparents in rural Boring, Ore., 20 miles from Portland. One of his favorite pastimes was picking blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries at neighboring farms.

New exhibits allow Lahaina to better tell its story

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Home of Maui's alii, capital of the Hawaiian kingdom, rest stop for whaling ships, missionary headquarters, plantation town, popular visitor destination — "there are so many layers to Lahaina's story, from ancient times to the present," said Theo Morrison, executive director of the nonprofit Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

Festival celebrates kalo culture

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Jerry Konanui delights in telling the story of Lihi­lihi­mo­lina, a variety of Hawaiian kalo, or taro, that was once considered lost. Its name refers to the curve of eyelashes and a crescent moon.

Hula festival keeps traditions, memories alive

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Next weekend, 88-year-old Leilani Alama and her sister Pua­nani, 83, will be among the dancers at the Na Hula Festival just as they have been every year since the event's inception in 1941.

Dragon Boat Festival unites culture, competition

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
IT WAS like flying on the ocean! You felt the sun, wind and salt spray on your face. Everyone was in sync — like we were moving as one body." Eleven years have passed since Isaac Lau raced with his Hawaii Dragon Boat Festival team, but he can describe it as clearly as if it were yesterday.

Fungi prove fun for mushroom-farming couple

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
When Bob Stanga explains how he went from being the owner and pilot of a helicopter company to growing mushrooms, he jokes that he wanted to become a more "grounded" person.

Take a hike to absorb Lanai's beauty, history

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
On their first trip to Lanai in November 2008, Lisa Grove and her husband, Stephen, knew they had found home. Avid outdoorsmen, they spent five days hiking, biking, snorkeling and swimming in quiet, beautiful spots they often had all to themselves. It was the perfect playground.

Tour operator tailors ocean experiences to guests

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Tim Lara's love affair with the ocean began 30 years ago, when he was in elementary school in Key West, Fla. "The ocean was my family's playground," recalled the owner and operations manager of Maui-based Hawaiian Paddle Sports.

Kukui'ula cottages give guests a taste of luxurious life on Kauai

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
Comfort. Convenience. Quiet. Quality. When longtime hospitality executive Paul Horner travels, those are the features he looks for in accommodations.

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